Journey of the broken

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Annaleigh

I woke up bright and early the next morning, rolling myself into the bathroom; I manage a quick bath before, grabbing a quick bite to eat. The plan was to get to the hospital as soon as visiting hours started, so that we hopefully got there before Gaelyn’s parents did. It was more than clear that James and I would do anything to insure that Gaelyn lasted a little longer, if we could make it happen.

When I finish getting ready, I waited anxiously by the door. I was pretty sure James was taking his sweet time; I couldn’t wait to go see Gaelyn. It hurt that I couldn’t just roll over to his apartment and talk to him. But as long as he was comatose, I would stay strong for however long it took. I just hoped that he didn’t get taken off life support yet, because I knew he wasn’t strong enough for that just yet.

Twenty minutes later James arrives, unsurprised to find me waiting for him already.

“I don’t have to ask if you’re ready to go” he comments as soon as I open the door.

“I want to get there before those sorry excuses that call themselves his parents get there.” I grumble as I push myself down the hall, and towards the door.

“You used to like them.” James pointed out as he helped me into his car.

“That was before I found out what they were really like” I reply as I buckle my seatbelt. “I just don’t understand how they could be so kind to me, and then treat their own kids that badly.”

“Eventually, everyone shows their true colors, it just took them a little longer than most.” James commented, as he pulled out of the parking lot. I wonder how they had kept it hidden for so long. I couldn’t help the hate that filled me at the thought of what they had done to Sophia and Gaelyn. I take a deep breath and let it out slowly, getting stressed over meeting his parents again, wouldn’t do my any good.

“What are you thinking about?” James asks, glancing in my direction.

“Other than how much I hate his parents for how they treated Soph and Gaelyn, not much.” I reply, my hands tightening into fists. If they try to pull the plug on him, nothing would stop me from going crazy on him. “I wish I could have changed things for them.” It hurt knowing, I’d had no idea about the secret life that their father had.

“Without his past, he wouldn’t be who he is now.” James said “And we both know he’s stronger than he thinks.” I nod; Gaelyn didn’t seem to think he was worth much because he was an addict. I didn’t agree he was a good man despite his many mistakes. I only hope I get the chance to tell him what I feel.

Twenty minutes later we arrive at the hospital, I wait impatiently for him to park the car. Something told me the Thomas’ have already beaten us here. I hope not because they don’t have his best interests at heart. They would rather let him die, then try to help him in his moment of weakness.

James chuckles as he helps me into my wheelchair, after finding a place to park in the garage. My hands tighten into fists, as we approach the entrance to Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Bile rose in my throat the closer we got. Swallowing hard, I look down. I’m hoping that Gaelyn has improved enough to come off life support. But somehow I don’t think that will be the case.

“I think you should prepare yourself for the likelihood that they beat us here.” James says as we enter the building. I nod; I understand that if they do pull the plug on him, I will never talk to them again, because he is so much more than they think he is.

We make it up to the ICU, and ask the nurse if he is allowed visitors. The dark haired nurse winces before looking at her supervisor, as if for permission. The older lady nods before walking off to check on another patient.

“His parents are with him right now.” she says “it’s likely they are planning to take him off life support.” I close my eyes as pain hits me like a lightning strike. A tear drifts down my face, I never thought I would say it about that particular family but they were officially the worst family I’ve ever known, and they were as heartless as the day is long.

Opening my eyes, I roll forward until I’m at the entrance to the room. The doctor squeezes past me, with an apologetic look on his face.

“What are you doing here?” Gary Thomas asks, looking up from where his son lay.

“I’m here because I love the man lying on that bed, and I’m begging you to not take him off life support.” I say, as I blink back tears, the sight of him lying there was killing me.

“You’re crazier than I thought you were, if you love him.” Gary says “He’s a drug addict. He’s not worthy of love, he destroyed his own life, so it’s only fair to end it now. He’s absolutely worthless as a son” I shake my head, trying to ignore the anger that was slowly starting to build.

“The only one who is worthless here is you.” I snap, tears filling my eyes. “You’re son is more of a man than you will ever be! He doesn’t deserve to die like this, he deserves to have someone fight for him, and as long as I have air to breath, I am going to fight for him every chance I get.”

“Then you’re even dumber than you look, do you want him to get you hooked on drugs, or maybe he already has. It wouldn’t surprise me at all.” Gary stares at me with a cold gleam in his eye.

I turn towards Mrs. Thomas and stare at her before asking.

“You’re really going to let him end your only living child’s life?” I ask almost pleading with her.

“He’s just a drug addict” Mrs. Thomas said numbly and I glare at her. How could they act this way? They’ve already lost one kid, was it really that easy to let their other one go?

“You make me sick!” I proclaim, and my stomach literally rolled and I could feel the nausea building up. “There’s nothing he done wrong to deserve having you as parents!” tears slide down my face before I’m even aware of them. James enters the room and glares at Gary.

“She’s right, you’re son has always been too good for you! If it wasn’t for you, he wouldn’t even be a drug addict, have you ever thought of that. And if you take him off life support you might as well call yourself a murderer because that’s exactly what you’ll be in our eyes!”

“What has he ever done to deserve your loyalty?” Gary asks, shaking his head. “He hated you, Annaleigh; he hated you for a long time and treated you like crap. How can you be in love with him? You can’t even call him a man, he’s a monster!” I shake my head as a sob rips past my lips, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

“He knows more about love, and being a man than you do! He’s three times the man you will ever be!” I bark, fighting against the pain in my heart. This wasn’t going to be goodbye, it couldn’t be. Gary shook his head and snorted.

“If I had known you were doing to him and Sophia what you were, I would have made you sure you were sitting in a jail cell for life. He never deserved any of that, Sophia either.” I say as roll over to the bed, and take Gaelyn’s hand in mine. Though he was unconscious, I hope he heard me from wherever he was.

“I’m going to fight for you!” I say as I raise his hand to my lips and gently kiss it, ignoring the people he calls his parents. They weren’t more than heartless slugs, and at that moment, I hated them with every fiber of my being.

“That boy isn’t worth fighting for” Gary shakes his head. I turn around and glare at him.

“This Man is worth one hundred of you, and yes, he is worth fighting for!” I glare at him, before turning back to Gaelyn. James chuckles from where he was standing beside the window.

“She’s a bit of a firecracker isn’t she?” he said before walking over to stand beside Gaelyn. “She’s perfect for Gaelyn, she’s everything he needs, and he’s everything she needs. So unless you really are as heartless as you sound, I wouldn’t take him off life support.”

“He’s the biggest mistake Annaleigh could ever make” Brook muttered “I always have thought you were too good for him.”
“I always thought you were good people until I found out what you let your husband do to your kids. Why? Why would you willingly let him beat them until they bled?” my voice sounded shattered, even to my own ears. I wasn’t sure how much longer I would be able to remain relatively calm. Gary shook his head and Brook refused to answer.

The doctor entered again a few minutes later with a clip board in his hands. He frowned at seeing the number of people in the room.

“What’s your decision?” the doctor asks Gary.

“Take him off life support.” Gary replies before taking Brook by the arm and walking out of the room.

“I hate you” I say loudly enough that they can hear me. James walks over and gently places his hand on my shoulder, squeezing it.

“I’m going to have to ask you to leave” Dr. Allen says, looking at me sympathetically. “He’s better off; he won’t have to deal with the consequences of his actions.” I freeze wondering if that only sounded insulting to me.

“He’s still a person regardless of the choices he has made, and no matter what those choices were, we still love him.” I reply quietly as I push myself to the bed, and grab ahold of Gaelyn’s hand. “Hang on for me baby, I know you’re not ready to quit on me just yet.” I gently place a kiss on his palm before turning and wheeling myself out of the room.

I say nothing on the way home, my mind too wrapped up on the fact, that despite our pleading, his parents were being as selfish as ever and ending their only child’s life. Tears continue streaming down my face, and I fight against the sobs that were desperate to escape. How was I supposed to live with the pain I was feeling right now? It had been hard when I found out my parents were killed, but knowing Gaelyn’s parents had sentenced him to die, and knowing he would be taking my heart with him, was even more painful.

When we reached the apartment complex half an hour later, James helps me out and walks me into the building.

“Are you going to be okay?” he asks and I shrug. If Gaelyn didn’t pull through I didn’t know how I would get through it, because I wasn’t sure how my heart would keep beating, if his wasn’t.

“I don’t like it either, but maybe it would be best to not let him suffer anymore. Because he has withdrawal to look forward to, if by some miracle he pulls through.” James said and I look down at the ground. I didn’t like the way things were looking either but I wasn’t going to give up on him so easily.

“I don’t want him to suffer, I just want him with me” I say “and maybe that’s selfish, but I can’t live without him, he’s become my drug, and I don’t think I can beat this addiction.”

“Given time all addictions can be beaten, but I can understand why you wouldn’t want to beat this one.” James said frowning, as he raises his hands and gently wipes the tears away. “If you really love him as much as you do though, don’t be afraid to keep hoping for a miracle. They still happen you know, and he’s not undeserving of one.” I close my eyes and the flood burst and fell down my face. I couldn’t handle this; I couldn’t stand the thought of not seeing his face anymore.

After a few minutes James starts backing away. I was glad that he had been with me during this whole ordeal, even though he had been a jerk much of the time.

“I got to run my girlfriend’s going to kill me if I am late again.” He chuckles; I nod and wipe away tears. “If you need anything don’t be afraid to call.” I nod again and watch as he disappears down the hall.

Heading back into my apartment, I shut and lock the door behind me, before rolling over to my bed, and gently lowering myself to the mattress. Lying on my side, I bring my pillow to my face to stifle the sobs that broke forth. “Please Gaelyn, you have to pull through. Even if your parents don’t give you a reason to fight, you have to fight for me.” I sob even harder into my pillow, my heart was just a mass of pain, I wasn’t sure I have ever hurt this bad before.

I cry until I finally begin to drift off to sleep. Sleep finally taking an edge off the pain I was feeling.

Anna” I laugh as Gaelyn bends down and kisses me gently on the lips. I love the feel of his arms, wrapped around my waist holding me to him. There is nothing better in the world than being held by Gaelyn Thomas. He laughs as I tell him how much I love him and that I will fight for every minute spent with him.

“I love you more than anything on this earth” Gaelyn says bringing his hand up and gently stroking my cheek. “You’ve been with me through some pretty tough stuff, it didn’t matter how hard it was you stuck by my side. So as long as I have you by my side, I can beat anything and be anyone that you want me to be.”

I awake a few hours later to the sound of a fist pounding on my door, frowning, I stare wondering if I needed to call the police, it was only six in the morning, and I didn’t really know anyone in this building, apart from Gaelyn of course, I’d never tried to make friends with any of the other residents around me.

“Anna, by now you should be awake” I hear James shout from the other side of the door, pulling myself up, I pull myself into my wheelchair and I roll forward wondering if his being here this early meant that Gaelyn had passed on from this world.

“Don’t you ever look at a watch?” I hollered through the door “Some of us like to sleep!” opening the door, I stare at him with a “there better be a good reason for you being here this early” expression on my face.

“I received some unexpected news this morning” he said grinning and I frown.
“Why did you feel the need to wake me up this early?” I was having a wonderful dream about Gaelyn, and I didn’t exactly want to wake up just yet.

“Gaelyn’s awake!”


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